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NEWS BRIEF: School board approves changes to school schedule, weighted gating criteria

NEWS BRIEF: School board approves changes to school schedule, weighted gating criteria
Jack Bellemere, Reporter December 15, 2020

Students will get two more days of winter break than expected, following last night’s school board meeting.  Classes will resume on Jan. 7 instead of Jan. 5. Those two extra days will be used for...

School board looks to balance academics, activities and safety

School board looks to balance academics, activities and safety
Ethan Wood, Copy Editor December 5, 2020

Sports and music activities will continue with mitigation measures, following Thursday’s special school board meeting. The board also approved new district gating criteria that will potentially allow...

School board postpones adopting county health department reopening guidance

A student checks their temperature in the front office so they can be cleared to enter the school and start their day. At the beginning of each day, every student is required to check their temperature to ensure that students are staying healthy. There is least one temperature station per entrance to make sure all students are checked in before they enter the building.
Jack Bellemere, Reporter November 24, 2020

USD 497’s school board discussed using new metrics for reopening schools and planning for the winter sports season during its Monday meeting. The board narrowly declined to adopt Lawrence Douglas...

TikToker brings autoimmune disease awareness to ‘For You’ page

Meadows makes a video responding to a question in her comments about one of her autoimmune diseases. Meadows has Type 1 diabetes, celiac disease and juvenile arthritis and uses her platform to educate others and clear up misconceptions about her conditions. “Almost all my autoimmune diseases have stereotypes, and that’s one big thing that I want to break,” Meadows said.
Emma Holsclaw, Talon Co-Editor in Chief November 17, 2020

Junior Addy Meadows doesn’t remember why she was in the hospital the first day of spring break, but she does remember filming a TikTok to Ke$ha’s “Cannibal” out of boredom from her hospital bed.  Meadows’...

District to continue hybrid learning in orange tier of reopening

District to continue hybrid learning in orange tier of reopening
Isis Norris, Free Press Editor-in-Chief November 13, 2020

Hybrid learning and winter sports will continue, despite a 13.8% COVID-19 positivity rate that has pushed the county into the orange tier of its Smart & Safe School Reopening Guidelines. Lawrence-Douglas...

NEWS BRIEF: New Wednesday schedule starts this week

NEWS BRIEF: New Wednesday schedule starts this week
Alexandria Brown, Free Press Managing Editor November 10, 2020

Starting this week, a new Wednesday schedule will begin that allows students to get help from teachers and explore new subjects, Principal Myron Graber announced late last week. This change is a...

Board discusses budget shortfall due to enrollment decline

Following the Pre-ACT, freshmen sit waiting in the Commons before touring the building. For many, this was their first time being in Free State.
Isis Norris, Free Press Editor-in-Chief November 10, 2020

More than $2.65 million has been spent by the district to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, according to a report given by Executive Director of Finance Kathy Johnson at the Lawrence Public Schools Board...

District officials discuss precautions during hybrid learning

Walking the halls, freshmen students move quickly to the next stop on their tour destination. Free State LINK Crew organized leaders to give building tours to new students.
Zanna Ingram, Copy Editor November 8, 2020

As hybrid plans start to roll into effect, students and faculty are asking questions about the precautions needed to keep everyone safe. Principal Myron Graber said that plans have been put in place...

2020 candidates share priorities for Douglas County

2020 candidates share priorities for Douglas County
Ethan Wood and Nisa Khosh November 3, 2020

Douglas County Commissioner Pam McDermott (Republican) Pam McDermott has been a Lawrence resident for nearly 40 years. She is running for Douglas County Commissioner of District 3.  Her priorities...

Loading Connections: Teachers share experiences with students online

English teacher Samuel Rabiola uses his classless seventh hour to tackle some grading before the school day is over.
Alexandria Brown, Free Press Managing Editor November 3, 2020

With the transition to partially online schooling, teachers like AP Government and Politics teacher Jeffery Haas are having to rethink how they go about teaching.  “I don't have the highest digital...

Students get involved in 2020 election campaigns

A ballot box sits ready for Douglas County voters. Despite many not being old enough to vote, Free State students have found ways to be civically engaged.
Mary Kate Shultz, Copy Editor November 2, 2020

For many young people, politics can seem inaccessible. Teenagers are brushed off by adults as idealistic or ignorant or feel as though they can’t make an impact. Most notably, many high schoolers...

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